Promising Start Falls Apart for Women

News Release Date:
Sunday, September 27

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- A promising first-half start against a powerful Puget Sound women's soccer squad turned into a second-half nightmare for Whitman College Sunday afternoon in Tacoma, Wash.

Ahead 1-0 midway through the half and tied 1-1 at intermission, Whitman surrendered five second-goals as the Loggers ran away with a 6-0 Northwest Conference victory.

Whitman celebrates Liz Forbes goal

Puget Sound, the nation's top-ranked team in one NCAA Division III poll, stayed perfect on the season, improving to 7-0 overall and 3-0 in the NWC.

Whitman slipped to 1-4 in conference and 2-5-1 overall. 

Senior Liz Forbes gave Whitman its 1-0 lead with an unassisted goal in the 32nd minute of the first. "Puget Sound's keeper went up to get a crossing pass, but when she came down the ball bounced free and Liz was there to touch it in," Whitman coach Scott Shields said. 

It was the second goal of the season for Forbes and the first one given up this season by the Puget Sound defense.

"We should have had a goal several minutes before that on a nice counter-attack," Shields said, "but we missed wide right on an open net."

Whitman's lead held until Janece Levien scored for the Loggers with just a minute left in the half. Mikaela Freeman booted the go-ahead goal two minutes into the second half and Puget Sound pulled away from there.

"Once they scored their second goal, you could see their energy levels rise and our spirits fall," Shields said. "It really was a tale of two halves. We played exceptional soccer in the first half, but Puget Sound really turned it on after that."

The Loggers peppered the Whitman goal with 29 shots, including 19 on goal.

Whitman managed just four shots, two by junior Kristin Innes.  

The Missionaries return to NWC action next weekend, hosting Willamette on Saturday and Linfield on Sunday.

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; holden@whitman.edu